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Weekend Project: Heavenly Containers

by earthworm

You don't need complicated plant schemes or color-coded combinations for heavenly containers. These simple pots practically ooze with color, texture, and fragrance. Best yet, you can plant all four in a single weekend.

The key to successful pots is simple: good soil, container-friendly plants, and water. Add a touch of potted paradise to your life. Here’s how:

Project Time: 1 hour
Kid-friendly: You bet!

1. hens-and-chicks all in a Row
Hens-and-chicks (aka Sempervivum) are resilient little plants that will take neglect and keep growing. Keep your chicks all in a row in a rectangular basket weave windowbox. Place in locations with full sun.


2. herbal hullabaloo
Devote an entire pot to your favorite herb. Sage is a natural show stealer in containers with foliage that boasts rich texture, intricate color, and sensational fragrance.

  • Sage
  • Potting Soil
  • Rectangular Pot


3. jazzed up geraniums
Perk up plain pots of geraniums with a little bacopa. Delicate, trailing white flowers are the perfect compliment to geraniums. Remember to pinch off spent geranium blooms and place in sunny spots.

  • Geraniums
  • Bacopa
  • Potting Soil
  • Pots


4. pot of plectranthus
Plectranthus is all the range in containers. Besides dazzling variegated foliage, plectranthus scores points with a fresh, minty scent. Prefers partially sunny spots.

  • Plectranthus
  • Potting Soil
  • Small Fruit Planter





planting in containers is sometimes just the way to go. Easy as pie!
butterfly commented on 03/19/10
LOVE the Hens and Chicks!!!! I've gotta try this!!!!
Lily commented on 10/07/09